Up to Speed: Our weekly recap of Bronco Sports, Sept. 13-19

Boise State women's soccer, Alexis Hawk
Photo by Claire Keener

Women’s golf takes fourth place at Hobble Creek Fall Classic (Sept. 13-14)

By Lexi Almeido

The Boise State women’s golf team took fourth place at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic in Springville, Utah, on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The team had a strong performance during the first two rounds of the competition and ended in fourth out of 17 teams. 

“We put ourselves in a position to compete heading into the final round,” first-year head coach Kailin Downs said in a press release. “Today did not go as well as we had hoped, but throughout the event, everyone had great moments. I have a lot of confidence in our potential moving forward.”

Leading the Broncos was fifth-year senior Lexi Perry who shot just over par, carding rounds of 5-71-72 (218, +1). Perry tied for eighth place, in the the sixth top-10 finish of her career. 

Sophomore Elli Gordon and senior Elena Castanon competed as individuals and placed 17th and 19th respectively. 

The Broncos will be heading to New Mexico for the NM State Aggie Invitational, Oct. 4-6.

Women’s volleyball cruises past Santa Clara (Sept. 16)

By Ryan Marshall

The Boise State women’s volleyball team cruised past Santa Clara in three straight sets on Thursday, Sept. 16. They now have the best season win record in school history at 10-1. 

Boise State shot 0.268 percent and Santa Clara only shot 0.209 percent throughout the match. 

“Honestly, it was just a whole team effort tonight,” said sophomore outside hitter Kayly Pau. “We came in knowing that we can beat teams that are tough, we can beat teams that are ranked. We just came out with the mindset that what we’ve done leading up to tonight’s match is in the past and that this is the match that matters right now. I think we all worked together, played our position and supported each other.”

Senior setter Danielle Boss led her team with28 assists, and sophomore libero Jolei Akima accumulated a team-high 11 digs.

The women’s volleyball team now has eight straight wins. They will match up against Oregon State University on Saturday, Sept. 18 in the Bronco Gym. 

“I’m thrilled with the 3-0 victory,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “I thought it was a bit of a grind. Santa Clara came out and did some things that stressed us a little bit early. Some of our key players didn’t get off to good starts offensively. So it’s great to see people like Kayly Pau step up and fill the void for some of the others when we needed her to.”

Women’s soccer wins big at home against CSUB (Sept. 17)

By Desmond Ordonez

Following back-to-back losses against Utah Valley and the University of Montana, the Boise State women’s soccer team beat the Roadrunners from California State University Bakersfield by a score of 4-1. 

Boise State women's soccer, Alexis Hawk
[Photo of women’s soccer freshman Alexis Hawk stealing the ball from an opponent]
Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter

This contest began to pick up after the Broncos scored off of a penalty kick from junior midfielder/defender Morgan Stone in the middle of the first half. The Roadrunners came back and tied the game right before halftime.

The Broncos began to shine early in the second half, when freshman midfielder Reese Bodas netted her first goal of the season to regain the lead for the Broncos. 

In the 70th minute, freshman midfielder Kenzie MacMillan set up sophomore defender Jocelyn Stephens for a header goal to put the Broncos up 3-1.

As the clock began to tick down, fifth-year forward Aubree Chatterton scored in the 83rd minute to close the door on any possible Roadrunner comeback. When the final horn sounded, the Broncos won 4-1.

The team will take their 6-2 record into conference play beginning on Sept. 24 against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Women’s volleyball sweeps Oregon State at the Boise State Classic (Sept. 18)

By Hunter Bos

The Boise State women’s volleyball team swept Oregon State 3-0 to win their ninth game straight on Sept. 18. This win boosts the Broncos to an 11-1 overall season record.

Boise State never lost the lead in all three sets with a score of 25-12, 25-17, 25-15. This win was made possible by junior outside hitter Lauren Ohlinger, sophomore outside opposite hitter Makayla Hansen and sophomore outside hitter Kayly Pau with a combined 27 kills.

Senior setter Danielle Boss was named the Boise State Classic MVP. Pau, Hansen and junior middle blocker Alyssa Wissinger were named to play for the all-tournament team.

Boise State was on fire from start to finish, hitting at 0.345 percent or above until they finished the last match with a hitting percentage of 0.474, the fourth-highest hitting percentage in program history. The Broncos were able to hold the Beavers to a hitting percentage of 0.147.

Women’s volleyball will begin conference play on Sept. 23 as they take on Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

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